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July 23 — July 29 News Digest

July 29, 2016 14:28 0 2047 QirimInfo
Abductions of people in Crimea, US concerned about growing military presence of Russia in Crimea, Russia blocked statement of Ukraine on Crimea in UN Security Council and more.

Places for peaceful assemblies reduced twice in Crimea

July 25. Crimean occupation «authorities» reduced the number of places for mass events from 717 to 366.

Crimean rights group considers that this resolution limits the right to freedom of assembly, which is enshrined in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, Article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights.


Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerned about deterioration in the health of journalist Semena

July 26. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned about the deterioration in the health of the detained in Crimea on far-fetched accusations of separatism Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena. In Ukraine they are confident that this is one more evidence of the practice of torture during the investigation by the Russian law-enforcement authorities.

The Ministry demands from the Russian Federation as from the occupant state to stop the persecution of Semena and to  release him immediately.


Prosecutor's office of AR Crimea investigates facts of appropriation of state property on peninsula

July 27. Prosecutor's office began pre-trial investigation into the misappropriation of state property being in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. Amount of damages of misappropriation of property by occupiers is more than 150 million UAH.


«Where is Erwin Ibragimov?»: activists reminded of abductions of people in Crimea

July 27. Rally "Where is Erwin Ibragimov?" was held at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine on July 27. The action devoted to enforced disappearances of people that regularly occur in Crimea after the annexation by Russia.

The activists of the Crimean Tatars and those who are not indifferent to what is happening on the peninsula, came to the fenced with barbed wire  building of the Russian consulate to remind about abducted Crimeans. They were holding sheets of paper with the inscription with the hashtag #где_эрвин and #where_is_ervin, which will be used in social media to remind abducted in Crimea.


Trump may reconsider question of Crimea if elected US president

July 28. US presidential candidate from the Republican Party Donald Trump has promised if he wins to consider recognition of occupied Crimea as a part of Russia.


US concerned about growing military presence of Russia in Crimea

July 28. The statements of the Russian leadership to strengthen its military presence on the border with Ukraine and in Crimea, do not correspond to the spirit of the commitments assumed by Moscow to reduce the violence in Ukraine. Spokesman of the US Department of State John Kirby said it on Wednesday at a briefing in Washington.

Kirby urged Moscow to implement the Minsk agreements. At the same time, he expressed concern over the fact that Russia is increasing its military presence on the Crimean peninsula.

He stressed that "Crimea will always remain part of Ukraine".


Russia blocked statement of Ukraine on Crimea in UN Security Council

July 29. Yesterday, on July 28th, Putin abolished the so-called "Crimean Federal District" and included the territory of annexed Crimea into the Southern Federal District of Russia. In this regard, Ukrainian delegation prepared draft statement for media concerning Crimea. 

Russia was the only member state of the Security Council, which expressed its disagreement with the statement. Other countries did not raise objections, and the US delegation has publicly supported the draft document.

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